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Mowamba River
Other name(s) Moonbah River
Country Australia
State New South Wales
Region Australian Alps (IBRA), Snowy Mountains
Local government area Snowy Monaro Regional Council
Physical characteristics
Main source Snowy Mountains, Great Dividing Range
near Mount Terrible
1,360 m (4,460 ft)
River mouth confluence with the Snowy River
near Jindabyne
853 m (2,799 ft)
Length 32 km (20 mi)
Basin features
River system Snowy River catchment
  • Left:
    Tulon Creek
  • Right:
    Grosses Plain Creek
National park Kosciuszko NP

The Mowamba River, a perennial river of the Snowy River catchment, is located in the Snowy Mountains region of New South Wales, Australia.

Course and features

The Mowamba River rises within The Snowy Mountains Range, part of the Great Dividing Range, contained within the Kosciuszko National Park, on the northeastern slopes of Mount Terrible. The river flows generally south then northeast by east, joined by two minor tributaries, before reaching its confluence with the Snowy River approximately 2 kilometres (1.2 mi) south of Jindabyne, in the Jinadbyne Gorge. The river descends 507 metres (1,663 ft) over its 32 kilometres (20 mi) course.

Water management

Water from the Mowamba River is diverted to Jindabyne Dam via the Mowamba weir and aqueduct; that is part of the Snowy Mountains Scheme.

On 28 August 2002, the Mowamba Weir was "turned out" allowing environmental water to over top the weir. Environmental water releases occurred until January 2006. Since January 2006, environmental water releases to the Snowy River have occurred from Jindabyne Dam as the infrastructure upgrades to the dam wall had been completed.

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